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HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
I recommend you print this checklist and keep it handy. Finding
problems early is the key to an efficient and safe home.
MONTHLY
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS – Check to see if they are fully charged. Recharge or replace as needed.
SINK TUB SHOWER DRAINS – Clean out debris.
GARBAGE DISPOSAL – Flush with hot water and baking soda.
CHECK WATER SOFTENER – Replenish salt as needed.
AC/HEATER – Change filters once a month. Clean reusable filters with a
50% bleach solution in a spray bottle and wash with the garden hose.
EVERY 2 MONTHS
RANGE HOOD – Clean grease filter. Soak in hot water and Dawn.
WALL FURNACE – Clean grills.
EVERY 3 MONTHS
FAUCETS – Clean aerators. Soak in Lime Away or CLR.
TUB SHOWER DRAIN ASSEMBLY – Clean our debris. Check rubber seal and replace if needed.
EVERY 6 MONTHS
SMOKE DETECTOR – Test and replace batteries if needed.
TOILET – Check for leaks. If water runs into the tank when toilet is not in use, check the seal in the bottom of the tank and replace if necessary.
INTERIOR CAULK – Check caulk around tubs, showers and sinks. If you have to re-caulk be sure to have a small wet paint brush to smooth it out.
GARBAGE DISPOSAL – Check for water under the sink.
REFIGERATOR AND FREEZER – Mack sure the door seals are airtight. Test by closing the door on a dollar bill, if you can pull the bill out easily you may have to adjust the hinges. Vacuum the coils at least twice a year.
CLOTHES WASHER – Clean water inlet filters, check hoses and drain.
CLOTHES DRYER – Vacuum lint from duct and surrounding areas.
WIRING – Check for frayed cords or damaged insulation.
RANGE STOVE HOOD – Clean fan blades and housing.
EVERY SPRING
ROOF – Inspect shingles, flashing, eaves and soffits , repair if needed.
GUTTERS AND DOWN SPOUTS – clean them of leaves and debris. Check for proper drainage.
SIDING – Inspect, clean and repair if necessary.
EXTERIOR CAULK – Inspect caulking around windows and doors. Replace any that is deteriorating. Remember use a small wet paint brush to smooth out the caulk.
WINDOW AND DOOR SCREENS – Repair or replace as needed.
FOUNDATION – Look for exterior cracks in the foundation. You may have to hire a foundation expert for further inspection.
EVERY FALL
ROOF – Inspect shingles, flashing, eaves and soffits , repair if needed.
GUTTERS AND DOWN SPOUTS – clean them of leaves and debris. Check for proper drainage.
SIDING – Inspect, clean and repair if necessary.
EXTERIOR CAULK – Inspect caulking around windows and doors. Replace any that is deteriorating. Remember use a small wet paint brush to smooth out the caulk.
WINDOW AND DOOR SCREENS – Repair or replace as needed.
FOUNDATION – Look for exterior cracks in the foundation. You may have to hire a foundation expert for further inspection.
OUTDOOR FAUCETS – If you have freezing winters remove and store hoses.
Cover faucets with insulating foam wrap or an old terry cloth towel covered with a plastic bag. Be sure to tie the towel and plastic to the faucet so it won’t blow off.
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MONTHLY
• Fire Extinguisher: Check that it’s fully charged; recharge or replace if needed.
• Sink/Tub Stoppers and Drain Holes: Clean out debris.
• Garbage Disposal: Flush with hot water and baking soda.
• Water Softener: Check water softener salt drum and replinish salt if necessary.
• Forced-Air Heating System: Change filters once a month if user’s manual recommends fiberglass filters.
EVERY 2 MONTHS
• Wall Furnace: Clean grills.
• Range Hood: Clean grease filter.
EVERY 3 MONTHS
• Faucet: Clean aerator.
• Tub Drain Assembly: Clean out debris; inspect rubber seal and replace if needed.
• Floor and Outdoor Drain Grates: Clean out debris.
EVERY 6 MONTHS
• Smoke Detector: Test batteries and replace if needed.
• Toilet: Check for leaks and water run-on.
• Interior Caulking: Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating.
• Forced-Air Heating System: Change semi-annually if user’s mannual recommends high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters.
• Garbage Disposal: Tighten drain connections and fasteners.
• Clothes Washer: Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking.
• Clothes Dryer: Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.
• Wiring: Check for frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as needed.
• Range Hood: Wash fan blades and housing.
EVERY SPRING
• Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.
• Gutters and Downspouts: Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and repair weak areas; check for proper drainage and make repairs if needed.
• Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.
• Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
• Windowsills, Doorsills, Thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if needed.
• Window and Door Screens: Clean screening and repair or replace if needed; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
EVERY FALL
• Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.
• Gutters and Downspouts: Clean out. Inspect and repair weak points; check for proper slope.
• Chimney or Stovepipe: Clean flue (more frequently if needed); repair any cracks in flue or any loose or crumbling mortar.
• Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.
• Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
• Storm Windows and Doors: Replace any cracked or broken glass; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed. Replace damaged hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
• Window and Door Weather Stripping: Inspect and repair or replace if it is deteriorating or if it does not seal.
• Thermostat: Clean heat sensor, contact points, and contacts; check accuracy and replace thermostat if it is not functioning properly.
• Outdoor Faucets: If you live in an area with freezing winters, shut off valves to outdoor faucets. Open spigots and drain, store hoses.
ANNUALLY
• Septic Tank: Have a professional check the tank (watch for backup throughout the year). In many areas, it is recommended that the tank be pumped every year.
• Main Cleanout Drain: Have a “rooter” professional clean out the main line, particularly if there are mature trees in your yard whose roots could have cracked the pipe in their search for moisture.
• Water Heater: Drain water until it is clear of sediment; test temperature pressure relief valve; clean burner and ports (gas heater).
• HVAC System: Have a professional tune up your heat/air conditioning system